GENERAL volunteers intervened to clean up the mess after thousands of trash ransacked British beaches yesterday.
Empty cans, beer bottles and plastic bags were dumped on UK beaches this morning after Bournemouth declared a “major incident” yesterday.
At least 50 volunteers made their way through Bournemouth Beach and nearby Sandbanks this morning, filling plastic trash bags with yesterday’s debris.
Beach cleanup crews in Tynemouth and Brighton were among those fighting to clean up beauty spots after thousands of Britons gathered on the coast for the hottest day of the year yesterday.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock even threatened to completely close the beaches if social displacement measures continue to be ignored.
In Bournemouth, the roads leading to the coast have been blocked, cars have been thrown to the side of the road and tons of litter have been scattered in the popular seaside resort.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole counsel said it had no choice but to report a major incident and condemned the “irresponsible” behavior of the crowds, some of whom were involved in the fighting.
But beach goers have always left their trash behind, with garbage collections including lounge chairs, garbage cans, and food boxes.
Speaking from Bournemouth Beach this morning, local MP Tobias Ellwood told BBC Breakfast: “This place has been flooded and social distancing has gone out the window and that is why a major incident has been reported, because the local authorities and indeed the police could not cope. ”
“We have to learn from this and recognize that if we are to seriously tackle this pandemic, we have to be faster to be able to provide support to local authorities who are unable to cope. ”
Hotspots like Brighton and Tynemouth were also crowded yesterday, with beach goers piled up like sardines as police attempted to force social distancing.
Garbage cans overflowed in Brighton while an old chair and tent were part of the rubbish in Tynemouth, in the north-east of England.
Seagulls in Bournemouth were seen surrounding the litter as they retrieved the remains.
Bournemouth Beach teams collected 33 tonnes of trash on the shore section on Thursday morning – and the numbers are likely to be similar today.
Asked about the crowds on the beaches, Environment Secretary George Eustice told BBC Breakfast: “We just have to admit that yesterday was the hottest day of the year, incredibly hot, a lot of people had the same idea, they all went to the beach, and yes of course these scenes in Bournemouth are a concern. “
“POWER TO CLOSE BEACHES”
Meanwhile, Matt Hancock said the government has the power to close the beaches if people ignore the coronavirus rules.
In an interview with TalkRadio, Mr. Hancock said, “We have this power [to close beaches]. I am reluctant to use it because people have had a fairly difficult lock and I want everyone to enjoy the sun.
“But the key is to do it with the rules – stay with your household, stay away from other households. ”
But he added that if there was an increase in the number of coronavirus cases “then we will take action.”
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has urged people to follow the rules of social distancing in hot weather or at risk of causing a spike in coronavirus.
He wrote on Twitter: “Covid-19 has gone down thanks to everyone’s efforts but is still in circulation.
“If we don’t follow the social distancing guidelines, the cases will increase again.
“Naturally, people will want to enjoy the sun, but we have to do it in a safe way for everyone. “
Downing Street last night warned the public that disregarding social dislocation on beaches could reimpose lock restrictions.
They are scheduled to be lifted on July 4.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said, “The Prime Minister and the government’s scientific and medical advisers have stressed the importance of the public continuing to adhere to advice on social distancing.
“It is thanks to the hard work of the public that we have been able to control the virus.
“If the rules do not continue to be followed and the virus begins to spread again exponentially, we will seek to reverse some of the easements we have put in place.
“I don’t think anyone in the UK audience would want this to happen. “
Two local Conservative MPs called the photos of crowded Britons on the beach “obscene” and warned that lives were in danger.
They demanded that additional police be recruited by other forces, tougher fines and even roadblocks to prevent a repeat.
Council chief Vikki Slade said the station was at the breaking point with services “completely overwhelmed” by the large number of excursionists.
She ranted: “We are absolutely dismayed by the scenes seen on our beaches, especially in Bournemouth and Sandbanks, in the past 24 to 48 hours.
“The irresponsible behavior and actions of so many people are simply shocking and our services are stretched to the absolute limit trying to keep everyone safe.
“We had no choice but to report a major incident and launch an emergency response. ”
She previously pleaded with swimmers to stay away from the sweeping range until social distancing rules are relaxed next Saturday.
A staggering fine of 558 parking fines was imposed in the region – the highest ever recorded – as sun seekers struggled to find spaces and emptied their cars.
Dorset Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya said she had stepped up patrols along the beach – adding, “These are unprecedented times.
“The declaration of a major incident allows us to bring the agencies together so that we can take steps at our disposal to protect the public as much as possible.
“We are also counting on people who take personal responsibility and we strongly recommend that members of the public think twice before visiting the region.”
“Obviously, we are still in a public health crisis and such a large volume of people traveling to an area puts additional pressure on emergency services resources.
“So we would like to emphasize again that we are asking people to stay away from the area. ”
East Bournemouth MP Tobias Ellwood said police told him that about 500,000 visitors were in Dorset.
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Temperatures climbed to 33.4 ° C on Thursday at Heathrow Airport in west London, making it the hottest day of the year so far.
In Brighton, the police had to interrupt a fight on the promenade. Brighton Beach was also full of British people seeking sunshine.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce government airlift plans on Friday that will allow Britons to vacation to certain destinations without having to be quarantined for 14 days upon return, the Telegraph reported .
The first of these airlifts will allow vacationers to travel from July 4 to “low-risk” European destinations, including France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany.
But they added that now the incidence is lower, they can look for ways to provide testing safely “at the heart of communities” in a way that is easier and more accessible to people.